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Day 160: Dollars Are Few...

Thursday, June 09, 2011

...and far between, but it was definitely another day.

First, at 9 AM the realtor called to say someone wanted to see the house. After a bit of back and forth (they wanted 11 AM, we wanted 6 PM--!) we compromised at 2 PM. Himself got the groceries - hey, when it's grocery day, it's grocery day, and neither rain nor sleet nor prospective buyers will stay the pantry-supplier from making his appointed rounds - while I did the housework blitz. Basically it's clean and fairly neat, but instead of a day's notice (or even two) it was a couple of hours.

They turned up - ten minutes early, in fact - and did pretty much what I expected. Once around the yard, once thru the house, fifteen minutes, gone. *sigh* I don't think I want to talk about it.

On the plus side, the house looks pretty good, even for a lick and a promise, so I can take it easy tomorrow and try to catch up on the stuff I didn't have time to do today. That's in terms of computer projects, o'course.

I've been tinkering with Ancestry again, and now going a bit farther afield instead of searching thru 'only' the census records. The UK has more of their records online than the US does - tho to be fair, there aren't as many of them, at least of the more recent vintage. (I say 'recent,' because of course if we went back to pre-Norman invasion, there'd be a lot of years to cover, tho I daresay the country wasn't as populated.) Most of my ancestors (talking four to five generations back) lived in New England / northern NY and just over the St Lawrence (in a couple cases) in Canada, so when I need to go to a site in person at least the area's not too big and it's fairly localized. Problem is, I'm not THERE.

I've been trying to draw up a list of things I need to look for when next I get to the US. I can use the 'net to find out where archived newspapers are stored (generally on microfilm, and in libraries, tho a few of the papers still publishing maintain their own 'morgues'), but the list for 'Look Up THIS Next Time I'm In The Vicinity' is growing ever longer.

Meanwhile, I made a decision I've been procrastinating about for some time. (Weeks, probably.) I took on two of the British SP teams way-back-when, because the people who'd set them up originally no longer kept up with them, for whatever reason(s). And I am in the same situation.

I haven't lost interest, really, but as priorities go I seem to continually bump them down the list, putting them in the 'This can wait' category. That would be fine if they were bumped once a week or so, but I find myself bumping them every day, to the extent that I haven't posted on the message boards and aren't keeping up with the team members who participate. The time has come.

I guess that about does it. I hope tomorrow is a nice quiet day - I'll do some kind of exercise early on (if the back, knee, foot cooperate) (Deo volente) then spend the rest of the time doing research. I guess that's where my real passion lies: playing detective, fact-finding, searching out old records and trying to decipher them, lol... If I got the genealogy certification, I could even maybe make some money at it, eh? Which would seem to bring this blog back full circle.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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    The Ancestry thing would have me caught up in it if I could get past a certain date also. You are right about the records here in the US. I can see this being a real hobbie or passion that would keep your interest also! It is exciting to see who might have been in your family or your husbands in the past. I don't get to the teams like I would like either too much to do and not enough day.

    I wish you good luck with the house. My sister sold hers finally! It will come at just the right time. That is what happened to her anyway. Have a great weekend!
    3556 days ago
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    I do more than just feel for you, I'm living the same life. We're up in Chicago trying to dispose of our city soft loft (which is very pretty I think -- see www.buyunit1223.weebly.com), and I'm constantly blitz cleaning for hours in order to get ready for a 10 or 15 minute showing. It's exhausting emotionally (though good work out physically). We'll be back and forth in Chicago and Naples until it sells or we may lease it out if it doesn't go this summer. Dismal market!!! We just have to keep faith that the right thing is happening I guess!

    Cheers, Your Fellow Struggling Home Seller,

    3557 days ago
    Your house will sell when it is the right time and the right buyer.....
    Now that your work is done you can relax tomorrow...yay...enjoy it....
    3557 days ago
    The right buyer will come along just keep on keepin on. I keep wanting to peek at the forefathers and mothers but I know I won't be able to stop. That's a project for when I can guarantee that I have the hours to spend!

    Hope you slept well!
    3557 days ago
    The right person for your house will come along. 15 minutes isn't bad actually. I can get so lost in research! Not necessarily ancestry, but research in general. I hope you have a great "free" day tomorrow!
    3557 days ago
    WOW you certainly are a very busy lady and I sure hope the prospective buyer likes wht was seen and makes you an offer. Sweet dreams.
    3558 days ago
    Must. Stay.Away. From Ancestry! I would get so lost in that no one would ever see me! I love doing that type of research, and have boxes of stuff on our families (mine and my DH's) that I need to put in order. A huge project!

    On another note, nice that the house is in order and doesn't take a day to clear for viewers. Hopefully, you'll get a buyer soon.

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    3558 days ago
    But then you would have to look for what they want, not what you want to.
    3558 days ago
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